Finally an adaption, not a rip-off
October 15, 2011 By Nayare Ali Tube Talk
After a long time comes a serial, which is not a rip-off but a legitimate adaptation of the Pakistani original, Dhoop Kinare.
Kuch Toh Log Kahenge has retained the original plot of a love story evolving between a 24-year-old medical intern and a 38-year-old surgeon.
For those of you who have grown up watching Dhoop Kinare, Pakistani stars Marina Khan and Dr Rahat Kazmi are household names. The serial was a huge hit in the '80s as the vivacious Dr Zoya and the sober Dr Ahmed Ansari had fans hooked to this hospital romance.
While the original story has been penned by Dr Hasina Moin, the Indian adaptation has been scripted by Dr Kamlesh Pandey, who insisted on casting Mohnish Behl in the lead Behl plays Dr Ashutosh, a surgeon who runs Dr Kotnis General Hospital on the outskirts of Bhopal. Ashutosh is a dedicated doctor whose live revolves around the hospital. He smiles very little and has does not tolerate incompetence of any kind.
Dr Nidhi Verma enters the hospital as a chirpy, fun-loving doctor who believes that laughter can alleviate pain, dislikes the sterile hospital atmosphere intensely. She has been forced into becoming a doctor by her father and constantly cribs to him about the field.
Dr Nidhi's best friend, Angie — this is the only name that has been retained from the original show, where Angie was also Dr Zoya's best friend. Angie wants to become a fashion designer while her ambitious legal eagle dad wants her to pursue something more intelligent.
Dr Ashutosh has no time for love in his life but that does not stop his long time friend and co-worker, Dr Mallika from waiting in the wings for him. In fact, her yearning for him and his polite but firm rebuttal is beautifully portrayed in the scene where Dr Ashutosh drops her home.
When Mallika invites for a cup of coffee, he politely declines by saying that they could have endless coffees but that will not change their friendship between them. He compares their friendship to two deserts and says that one desert cannot provide water to another. In other ways, two empty souls cannot build a life together.
Mohnish Behl is a fine actor whose subtle expressions are a delight to watch. It is such a refreshing change to watch this truly underrated actor on screen. Unlike the melodramatic and over the top male actors on TV today, Behl becomes Dr Ashutosh on screen and has managed to keep his starry persona out of the character.
Complimenting him scene-by-scene is Kritika Kamra, who clearly seems to be inspired by his act. Kritika, who has confessed to being a happy person, suits the role. The character evolves and matures on screen. That is when the real love story begins. The two characters are attracted to each other but are unable to express their emotions.
Hopefully, this serial will retain its freshness and not go the regular TV soap way. That would be a real tragedy.